Rhino Horn Worth More than Gold

POACHERS see rhino as their way to get rich quick - for its horn is now worth more than gold for the first time in a decade.

Demand in south Asia has doubled the price of horn, used in medicine, in just 18 months. It stands at £36,300 a kilo, while gold is £24,600.

An average horn weighs 7kg. That has triggered the largest number of killings in 15 years. In 2007, 13 rhinos were killed in South Africa - but this year that rose to 84. Zimbabwe and Asian countries like India and Nepal have also been hit.

Powdered horn has been in high demand since a Vietnamese minister claimed it helped cure his cancer.
Expert Mark Cawardine said: "This latest onslaught shows that we'll never be able to declare rhinos safe."

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Nov 24, 2009
Sell legal rhino horns on the open market
by: Trevor

This is terrible news. I can't believe that is how much they are worth, no wonder the poachers are poaching them.

Surely the answer is to close in on the guys at the top who are trading in the horn rather than trying to patrol millions of acres of land.

I am in favour of argument for rhino horn collected by the national parks, from de-horning exercises or carcasses, to be sold onto the open market, thereby reducing its rarity which will hopefully bring down its price. Flooding the market surely has to reduce the demand and with the proceeds from the sale of these legal horns, many more rhinos can be protected.

It sounds like a no brainer to me, but I would like to hear from anyone if they have an opposing argument

Nov 24, 2009
Innovative idea?
by: Inge Skliros

Hmmmmm... Trevor gives us food for thought. I wonder if his idea might work? The dehorning of rhinos may be stressful for them, but could save their lives in the long run. I wonder if this could be studied more thoroughly as to feasibility and perhaps we could save the remaining rhino from the greed of poachers and the gullibility of those in the Far East who believe that rhino horn can cure cancer?

Aug 01, 2010
contact me for horns
by: David

Hello,
yes the prices for RHINO HORN are high but we in the third world still sell at lower prices just to meet up our daily needs contact tropicalafrican@gmail.com

Nov 28, 2010
contact me for horns by: David
by: Anonymous

Your a dumbass. Stop hunting rhinos you prick.

Mar 21, 2011
RECREATED RHINO HORNS......
by: LAFFANKI

MAY I PLEASE INTRODUCE MYSELF.....
I AM AN ARTIST AND SCULPTOR....& I REPRODUCE SCULPTURES OF RHINO HORNS IN COLD CAST BRONZE;I AM ONE OF ONLY A HAND FULL OF SCULPTORS IN THE WORLD SPECALISING IN THIS FIELD....NO ANIMALS HAVE TO DIE IN MY WORK.....AS I WORK ONLY FROM PHOTO'S.....OR I CAN MAKE AN ORIGINAL SCULPTURE FORM
YOUR ORIGINAL RHINO HORN.... MOUNTED ON AN ENGLISH OAK TROPHY SHIELD...
SEE MY WEB-SITE.ON THE SCULPTURES PAGE
LAFFANKI.CO.UK
(ALL LOWER CASE). E-MAIL ME ON laffankiart@btinternet.com

qu0rum

Jun 07, 2011
STOP KILLING RHINOS
by: Anonymous

DONT KILL THE RHINOS WHO ARE THE HONOUR OF OUR COUNTRY(KENYA)
STOP HUNTING RHINOS.

Jul 05, 2011
U don't know...
by: MamAfrica

...what u r talking about! Poaching, stop killing rhinos, all that greepieceofshit that got into ur mind by TV and other media full of fake news. U r spoon fed by others and u accept their opinion as urs. That's the sad truth u must accept.
Another sad truth is that it is the Europeans, who first destroyed the population of elephants and then rhinos, and then imposed strict regulations to save the remaining bit. Meanwhile even the best of native African hunters would rarely challenge the might of a rhino or an elephant bull. Reason being simple - guns.
Nevertheless, what we have now is native Africans in poverty trying to make their ends meet and feed their families, hunting endangered animals. And then sell the animal bits to Chinese.
So what we have in the end is a big bunch of Chinese - who believe in animal parts magic and pay good money for that; a small bunch of Africans - who risc their lives hunting endangered species; and a bunch of people who initially destroyed the fauna of African continent, and then imposed laws to stop the natives from enjoying what was left.
To sum up i'll tell all them animal protectors to come and try to survive in bush for a week. And try to feed a family of 5-10 too. Afterwards u'll see everything in a different perspective.

Aug 18, 2011
old horn
by: Anonymous

I have an old rhino horn that has been kicking around the house for at least 40 years and was bought from a junk shop for pocket change. Can anyone tell me if it is legal to possess or sell this horn in the US?

Aug 19, 2011
WANT TO BUY RHINO HORNS
by: Nicola

HELLO OUT THERE IS ANY ONE SELLING RHINO HORNS AS I AM VERY INTERESTED IN HAVING THEM.
THANKS

NICOLA

Aug 26, 2011
sell able horn
by: Anonymous

if the rhino was killed before 1947

Aug 28, 2011
To David and Mamafrica:Please stop the killing
by: Anonymous

Hi
Yes, the Europeans invaded many countries and stole and pillaged. They also left the indigenous without. However, the Europeans no longer run the countries it is now your own people (majority elected) that are keeping you down while they live in luxury. Is there any way you could STOP having so many children. If you know that you may not be able to feed/house/clothe them WHY have them!!!! People have realized for many years now that WILDLIFE - are a gift from God and not to be slaughtered just so you can feed your too many children. It is the Western countries that help feed/house/clothe your children and all they ask is you stop the killing and find an alternative. If you did not kill them, I doubt very much that the Chinese/Vietnamese would go to your country just to kill as they know they would be monitored unless of course the corrupt bureaucrats allow it to happen. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh and I pray that one day an alternative to the slaughter will be found - as I'm sure your children would love to benefit from seeing the wildlife in there backyard as your ancestors did.

Sep 07, 2011
antique chinese rhino horn carved cup legal to sell?
by: Anonymous

Is antique 1800's chinese carved cup legal to sell? Private party to private party. via ebay? Please help (626) 643-7777

Sep 30, 2011
Rhino Horn for sale more than 25yrs old
by: Van Darren

I have an old rhino horn that has been kicking around the house for at least 25 years and was bought from a junk shop for pocket change. Can anyone tell me if it is legal to possess or sell this horn?i really want to sell it for cash
i am in located in Johannesburg south Africa

you can email me on (van.darren@hotmail.co.za)

Dec 11, 2011
Rhino Horn for sale
by: Central Markets

We are an auction house in New Zealand and have a 57cm 2.5kg pre convention Rhino horn up for auction next thursday (15th dec 2011). Photos can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.240699155978859.54901.179883662060409&type=1

We have cities approval for NZ sale and documentation to support an export license. Please contact us for more info. Regards. Alan

Dec 12, 2011
PRO/CON FOR SELLING RHINO HORN
by: OLD RHINO HUNTER

SEVERAL YEARS AGO BEFORE RHINOS WERE ENDANGERED I COLLECTED A WHITE RHINO ON A HUNT IN SO. AFRICA. ALL LEAGLE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SO. AFRICAN AND U.S. LAWS.
I WOULDN'T THINK OF A HUNT LIKE THIS NOW, IN SUPPORT OF THE MERCILESS BEATING THESE GREAT GAME ANIMALS ARE TAKING TODAY. BEFORE THE "POACHING ERA", THE RHINO WAS AN ABUNDANT GAME ANIMAL HARVESTED ON A SUSTAINED YIELD BASIS. THAT'S THE CONSERVATION WAY.
FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, BECAUSE OF THE PHENOMENAL RISE IN VALUE THE HORNS HAVE BEEN UNDER LOCK AND KEY.
WITH THE ECONOMY THESE DAYS I KEEP THINKING... IT WOULD BE NICE TO SELL THE HORNS TO A "REPUTABLE", PERSON OR DEALER NOT NECESSARILY FOR DAGGAR HANDLES AND SEX POWDERS. AND SHARE THE RESULTS WITH KIDS, GRAND AND GREAT GRAN KIDS!

WHAT DO YOU THINK........ PROS & CONS!

May 14, 2012
RE: To David and Mamafrica:Please stop the killing by: Anonymous
by: Anonymous

Hi,
Sequel to your response to this article(Aug 28, 2011
To David and Mamafrica:Please stop the killing
by: Anonymous) you kinda sounded right in most of your assumptions, but my questions is do you really think the “Europeans” left or don’t have hands in the corrupt practices when the stack of those funds flow within them system.
You are right they suppose to only have children they can carter for but I would rather say is dumb to believe what you said that “. It is the Western countries that help feed/house/clothe your children and all they ask is you stop the killing and find an alternative. You need to dig in and find out the prime products the Western countries benefits from them and what they give back and how. Many fall prey to them non-organizations agencies that sell stories for donations that divert from said destinations. Maybe with the information that turns out you might discover that there is more of a bureaucratic display or power and benefits than merely act of help to the needy as from your perspective.
I strongly hope those that are engaged in this extinction process directly or otherwise be brought to book.

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